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English Landscapes and Seascapes - A Photo Gallery

Updated on June 24, 2012

I love to walk across the rolling hills and along the spectacular beaches of the south-west of England, and enjoy photographing the landscape I see around me. I particularly love the quality of light that is only found near the sea, and in the late afternoon and evening shadows. Deep verdant summer and rich autumn colours, trees that are shaped by the elements, and the native flora of ancient landscapes are the things that inspire me. Here I would like to share some of my favourite pictures that I have taken on my west country walks.

The Land

The landscape of south-west England has many facets. Much of it is farmland with a random patchwork of small hedge-bordered fields scattered across the countryside; fields of wheat shimmer in the summer breeze and livestock grazes on chalk hills and in meadows. Deciduous woodland and copses provide a sanctuary for native wild flowers and wildlife, and open heathland with purple heathers and gorse create yet another unique habitat. It is also an ancient and historic landscape, with hints of its past occupants dotted about amongst the fields and hills - forgotten country lanes, prehistoric stone circles and round-barrows, iron age hill forts and roman remains remind us of a chequered and sometimes secret history.

Peeping through the trees across the rolling hills of Dorset
Peeping through the trees across the rolling hills of Dorset | Source
A stranger approaches in a deep sunken country lane
A stranger approaches in a deep sunken country lane | Source
The bleak mid-winter in the Dorset countryside
The bleak mid-winter in the Dorset countryside | Source
The wishing well, a natural spring rises here and the wishing well is an ancient site of pagan ritual and magic
The wishing well, a natural spring rises here and the wishing well is an ancient site of pagan ritual and magic | Source
Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire
Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire | Source

The Sea

The south-west peninsula of Great Britain is made up of the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, bordered on the south by the English Channel, and to the west and north by the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

The reflection of light from the sea and the dramatic coastline that has been shaped by the sea and the elements create an area that has inspired generations of artists, poets and seekers of beauty. From towering cliffs and rugged rocks to sheltered sandy bays, the coastline of the south-west is a diverse and dynamic product of nature.

Evening clouds as the storm clears over a Cornish beach
Evening clouds as the storm clears over a Cornish beach | Source
Looking across the bay to the Isle of Portland  in Dorset
Looking across the bay to the Isle of Portland in Dorset | Source
The winter sun illuminates the beach at low tide. (Charmouth Beach, January 2011)
The winter sun illuminates the beach at low tide. (Charmouth Beach, January 2011) | Source
The harbour of a Cornish fishing village at dusk
The harbour of a Cornish fishing village at dusk | Source
Golden sandstone cliffs tower above the shingle beach, contrasting with the clear blue sky and the sea. West Dorset, March 2011.
Golden sandstone cliffs tower above the shingle beach, contrasting with the clear blue sky and the sea. West Dorset, March 2011. | Source

All the pictures in this photo gallery are my own work, taken during 2010 and 2011 with a Nikon Coolpix compact digital camera, and are not edited or enhanced in any way with any photo-editing software. I have never had any photographic training, and am strictly an amateur photographer - I just love to capture beautiful images, and to share them with anybody who is interested.

Please ask for permission if you wish to reproduce any of my pictures, I probably won't mind so long as they are credited to "Imogen French", and are not used for anybody else's commercial gain. Thanks for looking.

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      thanks lemonkerdz. I would miss it if I lived abroad too, but I bet you have some fantastic scenery in Peru to make up for it :)

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      lemonkerdz 5 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      great pics, makes me miss old blighty now that i am living in peru.

      we have one of the most picturesque countries in the world.

      thanks for the hub.

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      Hi Thelma, I'm glad you liked the pictures. Thanks for looking and leaving a comment :)

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Beautiful! I have been to England many times and I love the English Landscapes and the Seascapes. Thanks for reminding me how beautiful England is. Voted up and awesome.

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      James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Great Hub, Imogen. I've been to Dorset before, and it's definitely one of England's beautiful places, along with nearby Hampshire, I went to the New Forest in the summer, and that was awesome. In fact the whole of the South West is awesome, makes me want to move down from the Midlands.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Good photographers make it so difficult to pick a favorite! You may be strictly amateur, but your photos are beautiful. I'm going to choose the sky over Cornish beach because you caught clouds that look like a large bird. Still, I would like to stroll through every scene you have shared here. Are sheep grazing where a fenced courtyard once lay? What storms the golden sand cliffs must have weathered! Who is that stranger?! :)

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      Updated with a poll about visiting England.

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      thanks LadyLyell, glad you enjoyed the pictures and the text.

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      thanks for looking, and for your kind comments sgbrown

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      thanks for looking, claudia. I love the colours here too, these cliffs look amazing with the sun shining on them

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      thank you Stephanie, I haven't seen Pinterest yet, I will have to check it out

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      LadyLyell 5 years ago from George, South Africa

      Your photos are beautiful and yes, you do live in a lovely place!

      Enjoyed your overview of the South West England, thanks for the effort.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Wonderful hub, well written and excellent photographs! Voted up, beautiful and SHARING! :)

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      My favorite photo is the one with the golden sandstone cliffs, beautiful color that makes a perfect contrast with the blue sky, as you well say.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Since my last comment, I've discovered Pinterest, and I will pin this hub to my board... I enjoyed looking at your photographs the second time around, too!

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      Deborah Neyens 6 years ago from Iowa

      Gorgeous photos! You're inspiring me to try my hand at a photo gallery. Thanks for sharing your beautiful images and descriptions.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Wonderful photos it is so beautiful! The landscape as well as the coastline would be fantastic to see for real but until then I am happy to travel through your hub!

      Thanks for sharing the photos and the description

      Tina

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      chanroth 6 years ago from California, USA

      BEAUTIFUL! LOVELY!!!! what a wonderful and amazing landscape/photo! Enjoy your day! Be bless

      Chanroth

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      Gloria 6 years ago from France

      Lovely pictures I love Cornwall. Perhaps it's because I come from there.

      Thanks for sharing happy clicking.

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      loquacious laura 6 years ago

      Your photos make me feel as if I am there. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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      plinka 6 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

      Wonderful landscapes and photos! English landscapes tend to be historic and dramatic at the same time. Like watching a scenic movie. Voted up!

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I would love to visit England. I'v never been there. I only know Dorset through tv and the movies.

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      Imogen French 6 years ago from Southwest England

      thanks homesteadbound and stephanie - I do feel blessed to live in such a beautiful area

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      This is a beautiful collection of photographs. I particularly like the first two - they are so painterly that it's hard to believe they are photographs of real places! Very lovely!

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      These are really a beautiful set of pictures. I must be nice to have such scenery when going for your walks. Like davenmidtown, a true artist.

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      It is I, who am touched... I had hopped this contest would be a lesson for me and... already I have grown from your hub.

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      Imogen French 6 years ago from Southwest England

      thank you for your kind words, DMT. I am touched : )

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      wow! What a wonderful set of pictures. Each so perfect. I have immense admiration for your work, especially because you do not edit your pictures. A true artist!